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You don't look autistic...

I am posting this in support of Joe James the autistic photographer.

A definition of an autistic person by an external view means you don’t see them fully. To define autism by a look is like defining a car because it has keys.

Please don’t let the voices that don’t understand you stop you. The voices that do understand, we have your back and we are fully behind you. Please take comfort in that and be kind to your mind.

The autistic community needs a listening ear, not to have our identity questioned.

Unless you’re looking at a monitor with a readout from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) then the words like these shouldn’t be used, “You don’t look autistic”; to be honest that’s on par with walking in soaking wet and someone saying “Oh is it raining?”.

Be well my autistic brother.

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Ross A Fraser
Ross A Fraser
May 27, 2022

Being an advocate you can see little signs that give you hope that things are indeed changing for the better. Unfortunately you also get so many reminders, often daily that the needed changes are still too far off.

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